Priests for Life’s Frank Pavone won’t set up abortion-fighting community

An interesting note: Port Chester native the Rev. Frank Pavone, a leading figure in the culture wars as head of Priests for Life, has abandoned plans to form a religious community of priests focused on fighting abortion.

father-frank_shadow.jpgPavone founded the Missionaries of the Gospel of Life only two years ago. The fledgling community, based in Amarillo, Texas, has nine seminarians.

But Religious News Service reports that Pavone decided to end the experiment because it was getting in the way of his primary goal, which is of course fighting abortion.

Pavone founded Priests for Life in 1991 as a priest of the Archdiocese of New York, with the blessing of Cardinal O’Connor. But after Cardinal Egan asked him to take a parish position, Pavone found his way to Texas, where he continues to work as one of the most high-profile Catholic voices on the religious right.

Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.